I listen to a lot of podcasts while I'm painting and naturally they leak into my paintings from time to time.
I heard this story on This American Life about this young woman who has qualified to be on this civilian mission to populate Mars. It sounds like a hoax to me, but the reporting was so believable that if it is a hoax, it’s a very elaborate one. The whole idea is so absurd – both of trying to populate another planet and also that anyone would willingly go on such a suicide mission: no one who goes can come back to earth. Personally, I’m in favor of staying on terre firma.
Anyway, I was painting this dress that I thought would be a good one for dancing the Cha Cha Cha, and one of my friends mentioned that the setting seemed “out of this world.” Since I was already thinking of the absurdity of that Mars story, I just put the 2 things together. Sometimes, there’s no better explanation than that…
In my Flawless series I strive to reshape gender norms by refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.